“The oldest living city in the world”.
The day before yesterday after taking photos for our new catalogue, we
left the akhara which is nearby river Ganga and as I was walking
through the narrow streets of Kashi, the oldest part of Varanasi
(Benaras), I saw this yellow door of a little temple opened.
Inside this couple, probably a priest and a devotee, were doing a puja at the feet of Nandi (नंदी), the gate keeper of Shiva in Hindu mythology.
A statue of Nandi facing the main shrine is seen in most Shiva
As the sheep is to Christianity, the cow is to Hinduism.
Lord Krishna was a cowherd, and the bull is depicted as the vehicle of Lord Shiva.
Today the cow has almost become a symbol of Hinduism.
I took a few snaps and I was trying not to disturb this moment of
I could listen to the chants of young brahams from another temple nearby, some people were coming for morning worship, some others were selling them flowers and a few beggars were silently waiting along the walls.
In a way it was unreal to feel all those people living in God’s embrace but this is what makes this city so special.
It was around 8 o’clock, the city of Lights was wakening since an
I was in the rush, I had to reach a main road in the chowk in order to catch a rickshaw to go back to the office.
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